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Redmond Elementary School’s Stormwater Detention System

Todd Danielson on November 16, 2018 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Lake Washington School District’s new Clara Barton Elementary School in Redmond, Wash., is one of the new elementary schools in the Redmond Learning Community that was included in the district’s Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force recommendations. The new school is built to house 690 elementary students under state-funded class-size reductions.

As part of the project, Oldcastle Precast Auburn was contracted to supply several hundred precast concrete panel sections for two massive detention vaults for the school’s new stormwater conveyance system. BNBuilders Construction, BLRB Architects, AHBL Engineering and Oldcastle Precast Auburn collaborated in creating the new stormwater conveyance system to meet requirements set by Washington’s Department of Ecology.

“What we ended up doing was precasting the elements for the detention vault and craning them into place, instead of casting in place, saving us about two and one-half months, per vault, in the construction schedule,” stated a member of the Lake Washington School District Support Services Team. “We are incorporating several different measures into the stormwater conveyance system, both naturally and mechanically, to hold, filter, clean and discharge clean stormwater. The engineering behind the site stormwater system is pretty amazing.”

Oldcastle Precast Auburn provided 274 precast pieces, including flat base slabs, top slabs and wall panels. Built between Aug. 14-22, 2017, the north detention vault measured 44 feet wide by 178 feet long; the south vault, built in November 2017, is 44 feet wide by 220 feet long. In addition, Oldcastle Precast furnished ladders, cast iron covers, risers, grates and covers.


Project Details

Architect: BLRB Architects

Engineering: AHBL

Contractor: BNBuilders Construction

Precaster: Oldcastle Precast Auburn, Wash.

Location: 172nd NE and NE 122nd, Redmond, Wash.

Planned opening: 2018


“Using precast provided a variety of benefits including strength, durability and flexibility of design,” remarked Rick Roof, project manager of Oldcastle Precast Auburn. “Additionally, it vastly improved the construction schedule, operational efficiencies and overall quality of the detention structures for this project.”

The segmented precast stormwater vaults hold approximately 900,000 gallons of water, allowing sediment to settle, causing filtered “clean” water to be discharged to the storm drainage system. Each precast panel was sealed using hydrophobic sealer. As soon as water touches the hydrophobic sealer, the water triggers it to spread, harden and cure between the panels, so there is no seepage. The overall construction of the precast concrete panel vault took six days.

Impervious paving will be above the precast concrete detention vaults. The stormwater will drain through pipes on the surface paving and flow into the vault.

Todd Danielson

About Todd Danielson

Todd Danielson has been in trade technology media for 20 years, now the editorial director for V1 Media and all of its publications: Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping, and the video news portal GeoSpatial Stream.

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